|People who can't draw:||Drawing is fucking hard|
|People who don't try at all:||Drawing is fucking hard|
|Teachers:||Drawing is fucking hard|
|Beginning artists:||Drawing is fucking hard|
|Pro artists:||Drawing is fucking hard|
|Famous artists:||Drawing is fucking hard|
|Extremely famous artists:||Drawing is fucking hard|
|Long gone, passed away artists who went down in history:||Drawing is fucking hard|
|People who are upset an artist won't draw for them for free:||Drawing is easy!|
Well, I was being a little facetious, but it’s not really a joke. If someone asks an ice skater how long it took them to get good, their answer might be, “My entire life.” That doesn’t mean you can’t start ice skating tomorrow and accomplish a lot in five years. It just means that skill isn’t measurable by a start and stop date to someone who’s been doing it forever.
I started drawing when I was a kid just like every other kid. I’m not a prodigy. I’m not a professional. I didn’t go to school. It’s a hobby, so I learn at my own pace without much of an infrastructure or outside source of discipline. Let’s be real; 33 years is a long time to get good at something. Most of my talented, professional artist friends are in their early 20s or even younger. Why is that? Maybe they had more discipline. Maybe they felt more passionately about making art their career. Or maybe we’re simply different people who all learn differently.
But we all love to draw, you know? I loved to draw when I was 15 as much as I loved to draw when I was 6, as much as I love it now at 33. It’s not that it took me 33 years to get good because drawing is a super elite skill that takes a lifetime to master—it’s that I’ve been drawing my whole life, and this happens to be where I am now. I’ll still be improving today and tomorrow and five years down the road.
We do things because we enjoy doing them, not because we want to wait around until we reach a certain level of skill where we can finally allow ourselves to enjoy doing them.
If you love drawing, then draw something TODAY. In five years, you’ll be able to say, “I’ve been drawing for five years.” In ten years, you’ll be able to say, “I’ve been drawing for ten years.” Just make sure that when you say how long, you can also say that you love it.